Credit Hours and Course Load

Whether you're registered for a traditional campus course, a hybrid course (with content delivered both in the classroom and online) or an online course, you can use these metrics as general rules of thumb: 


hours of out-of-class

study per hour of instruction time


hours of instruction time

per credit


hours of out-of-class study

per credit

 The first semester of enrollment generally requires more time for adjustment and developing time management skills. Your advisor (and in some cases, one of the Student Development Deans) will work with you to consider how many credits you should register for each semester, in light of family, work, ministry, and other responsibilities.

Half-Time by Program

To be eligible for financial aid, a student must attend at least half-time. The minimum number of credits in order to be considered half-time is as follows:


credits per semester for

Advanced Programs


credits per semester for

Master's Programs

If you would like to register for more than 18 credits in a given semester, we ask that you submit an Academic Petition and request permission to do so.

Time Budgeting Tool

We suggest that you take a few minutes to use our Time Budgeting Tool to consider your course load in light of your schedule.